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General Surgery Residency

Program Director and Administration


  Mark Nehler, MD
Mark R. Nehler, MD
Professor of Surgery, Vascular Section chief
Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Surgery 

Clinical Interests Limb salvage surgery, clinical trial design, resident education and mentoring, upper extremity ischemia, advanced aortic surgery including hybrid cases, advanced dialysis access, and healthcare economics.

Hobbies/Interests Reefkeeping, history, cooking and wine, college and professional sports, and globalization.

Medical School  Oregon Health Sciences University
Residency  Oregon Health Sciences University
Fellowships  Oregon Health Sciences University
Board Certification Vascular Surgery  

Thomas N. Robinson, MD
Chief of Surgery, Denver VA Medical Center

Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Clinical Interests  Videoscopic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery

Hobbies/Interests Running, skiing

Medical School  Columbia University
Residency  University of Colorado Denver
Fellowships  University of California, San Francisco
Board Certification  Surgery             

                                                                               



Kshama R. Jaiswal, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Breast Surgical Oncologist

Clinical Interests  Breast Cancer, Oncoplastic Surgery

Research Interests  Health Services Research in underserved breast cancer population; time to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in safety-net hospital; USPSTF 2009 mammography recommendations and stage migration; patient-centered outcomes in breast cancer in the underserved population.

Medical School  University of Texas Southwestern
Residency  Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern
Fellowships Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, National Cancer Institute;Breast Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Board Certification  General Surgery

Other Interests Family (2 kids), yoga, fiction literature, chess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Raeburn, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division
Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Clinical Interests  Endocrine surgery, general and laparoscopic surgery

Research Interests Thyroid cancer and adrenal neoplasms

Hobbies/Interests  My family, the outdoors, “indie” music, and jujitsu

Medical School  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency  University of Colorado Denver
Fellowships  Endocrine Surgery, UCD Board Certification  General Surgery 


Jennifer Bruny, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado
Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Clinical Interests  Pediatric Endosurgery, general Pediatric Surgery 
Medical School  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency  University of Colorado Denver
Fellowships Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado, Board Certification, General & Pediatric Surgery
 

Daniel Valentino, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division
Assistant Program Director at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs 
Clinical Interests  Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Vascular Surgery 
Hobbies/Interests Gourmet Cooking, Notre Dame Football
Medical School Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency  Surgery Residency, Rush University/Cook County Hospital
Fellowships  Critical Care Fellowship, Stroger Hospital  
Board Certification  Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
 
  
Paul Montero, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division
Director of Simulation, General Surgery Residency
Clinical Interests  Minimally invasive surgery, general surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction/hernia repair 
Hobbies/Interests Bass Guitar, Live Music, Snowboarding
Medical School Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency  University of Colorado Denver
Fellowships  Minimally Invasive Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center  
Board Certification  Surgery 
 
Claire E.M. Travis, MA MBA, C-TAGME                                                                        
Education Manager, Department of Surgery
Hobbies/Interests Choral music, reading, marathon running, volunteering to make a change

Graduate School: Clark University, MBA, Healthcare Administration 
Ohio State University, MA, Education 
Undergraduate:  Bryn Mawr College
Certification: Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Training Administrator in Graduate Medical Education (C-TAGME)

Phone: 303-724-2685

Email: Claire.Travis@UCDenver.edu

 
Michael J. Benge, MHA

Residency Coordinator, Department of Surgery
Hobbies/Interests: Hockey, running, biking, outdoors, cooking, art and volunteering. 

Graduate School: Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Phone: 303-724-2680
 
Barbara Caufield, BS
Residency Database Administrator, Department of Surgery
Hobbies/Interests: Running with my dog, reading, live music, camping. 
Undergraduate: SUNY Brockport
Phone: 303-724-2683


 Surgery Residency Staff with Dr. Nehler and Dr. Schulick
 

Contact us: University of Colorado Surgical Residency Program

12631 E. 17th Ave., MS C302, Aurora, CO 80045